Foreign Product Alerts: Slim Perfect Arm, Slim Perfect Legs, Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea, Trim-Fast Slimming Softgel, Sliming Diet By Pretty White, Lipo 8 Burn Slim, Best Line Suplemento Alimenticio Capsules, Slyn Both Green capsules, Mezo, and Mix Fruit Slimming

Starting date:
December 30, 2014
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Source of alert:

United States Food and Drug Administration
Hong Kong Department of Health
Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Issue:
Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-42999

These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

Affected products

  • Slim Perfect Arm
  • Slim Perfect Legs
  • Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea
  • Trim-Fast Slimming Softgel
  • Sliming Diet By Pretty White
  • Lipo 8 Burn Slim
  • Best Line Suplemento Alimenticio Capsules
  • Slyn Both Green capsules
  • Mezo
  • Mix Fruit Slimming

Slim Perfect Arm, Slim Perfect Legs, Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea, Trim-Fast Slimming Softgel, Sliming Diet By Pretty White, Lipo 8 Burn Slim, Best Line Suplemento Alimenticio Capsules, Slyn Both Green capsules, and Mezo

Product description

These products are promoted for weight loss.

Hazard identified

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use the products Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea, Trim-Fast Slimming Softgel, Sliming Diet By Pretty White, Lipo 8 Burn Slim, and Best Line Suplemento Alimenticio Capsules. Tthe Hong Kong Department of Health warned consumers not to use the products Slim Perfect Arm and Slim Perfect Legs and the Australian Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) warned consumers not to use the product Slyn Both Green capsules after they were found to contain undeclared sibutramine. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warned consumers not to use the product Mezo after it was found to contain benzylsibutramine.

  • Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular sideeffects such as heart attack and stroke.
  • Benzylsibutramine is an unauthorized substance similar to sibutramine and may pose similar health risks.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Mix Fruit Slimming

Product description

This product is promoted for weight loss.

Hazard identified

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use this product after it was found to contain undeclared sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

  • Sibutramine was previously used to treat obesity but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because of its association with an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack and stroke.
  • Phenolphthalein was previously used as a laxative but is no longer authorized for sale in Canada because it may cause cancer.

Place of origin

Unknown

Side effects

In addition to heart attack and stroke, side effects associated with sibutramine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and constipation.

Additional side effects associated with phenolphthalein include decreased blood pressure, skin rash and gastrointestinal bleeding.

What you should do

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the products listed above in the Canadian marketplace.

Canadians who have these products are advised not to use them, and should consult with a healthcare professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of these products.

Background

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of December 16, 2014, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of these products have been reported to Health Canada.

Report health or safety concerns

To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax

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